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By Bruce Watson

Once derided as a hopeless cynic, American writer Ambrose Bierce now enjoys a superior literary popularity. Witty and sardonic, Bierce speaks to our personal scandal-ridden instances. His savage Civil warfare tales became classics and his Devil's Dictionary is usually quoted. during this short biography, Bruce Watson explores the sorrow at the back of the wit, and probes Bierce's mysterious disappearance a century in the past.

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Huntington shouted. “My price,” Bierce boomed, “is 75 million dollars! . ” Silenced, Huntington backed off. After a long, hot summer Bierce returned to California, his job done. Two hundred thousand signatures on a petition against the funding bill helped to defeat it. A few years later, when the Southern Pacific was given 10 years to pay its debts, Bierce’s victory was cited as the first salvo fired by the Muckrakers. He had cut the railroad down to size and made his name as well known in the East as it had been in the West.

Don’t believe without evidence. Treat things divine with marked respect - don’t have anything to do with them. Do not trust humanity without collateral security. . com � Bruce Watson All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher.

This fighting in Mexico interests me. ” He was quite cheerful about the plan, Helen said. Cynics passing judgment on one of their own see suicide in Bierce’s denouement. Yet his letters suggest that he planned to reach South America and ultimately, England. A still closer examination of his route and his demeanor reveals another destination - his past. Bidding goodbye to Helen and friends, Bierce set out from Washington in October 1913, bound for Mexico. His train took him first to Civil War battlefields in the South.

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